New Report: Using Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity

The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an interdisciplinary public health panel appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently released recommendations on using built environment strategies to increase physical activity. Despite the benefits, less than half of all adults, and 3 in 10 high school students in the U.S., get the recommended daily amounts of physical activity. Built environment intervention can help communities leverage public transit and land use design to make physical activity easier and/or more accessible for residents. Intervention approaches can focus on enhancing opportunities for active transportation (e.g., pedestrian and cycling paths) and/or leisure-time physical activity (e.g., going to a public park). Click to view the full task force report, including a detailed overview of built environment interventions, key recommendations and promotional materials (e.g. fact sheets).

About Anastasia Sonneman

Anastasia Sonneman serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in environmental health, health and disability, and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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